Joan Rivers is really dead this time. A week after suffering cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery, she passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York yesterday afternoon. This is shocking and unexpected any way you look at it. Sure her heart was 81, but most of the rest of her was so young.
Robin McLaurin Williams - July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014
NOTE: As I mentioned before, I'm currently on my honeymoon. I had meant to write something up earlier about Robin Williams, but 15-hour flights, jet lag, and spotty hotel wifi tend to throw a wrench into things. After Robin's death, Carlos, who wrote for Celebslam for a few years, emailed me, wanting to make sure that, rather than his more mainstream roles, I mentioned Robin's cult brilliance in Death to Smoochie. I figured he could do a better job than me. Take it away, Carlos:
I suppose you've all heard the news that the great Robin Williams took his own life on Monday. Look, I can go over the long list of his successes, but that's what every other website is doing. Let's talk about one of his less successful movies, shall we? Back in 2002, Warner Brothers released Death To Smoochie, with an all-star cast that included Edward Norton, Katherine Keener, Danny Devito, etc., and it was a complete flop of a movie. It made no money, was panned by critics, and it earned Robin Williams one of those stupid Razzie awards. Fast forward to 2014 and we see that this movie gained a substantial cult following. Why? Well, for starters, dark comedies weren't nearly as hip as they are today. Secondly, the reason why this movie has gained fans over the years is because Robin Williams was on fire and pretty much stole the damn thing. For some odd reason, bashing a Robin Williams project had become the "cool thing to do," but today there's no way a fair-minded person could say that he wasn't hysterically funny in his roll as Rainbow Randolph. Hey, if Smoochie was release today, "I'm Rainbow fucking Randolph!" would be one of those lines that would get quoted on Twitter incessantly. The label "genius" gets thrown around a bit too easily these days, but I'll go ahead and agree with everyone and say that Mr. Williams deserved that title. It's too bad that only after this tragic loss, we will now look at his work honestly and see that even when he was "bad," Robin Williams was funnier, more talented, and way ahead of any curve you could ever put in front of him.
Rest easy, brother. You earned it.
*10 Robin Williams pictures total in the gallery:
Philip Seymour Hoffman's body being removed from his apartment
The only reason Peyton Manning didn't have the worst day yesterday is because Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment with a heroin needle sticking out of his left arm. A source tells Radar that the actor was spending $10k a month on the stuff in recent months:
"He was what we call a heavy 'red liner.' That means he liked to shoot [heroin] with a needle, but he also sniffed it daily. And he was majorly hooked on Oxy, too. Heroin is one of the cheaper drugs, but Hoff wasn't buying the cheap stuff. Still, to be spending 10 grand, he was using hard."Predictably, most of Hollywood is in shock over his death, but let's face it. Philip was an overweight, 46-year-old man shooting up five-digits-worth of heroin a month. His car didn't hit a tree.
And now, to lighten the mood around here, here's a dog in a hat. Dogs aren't supposed to wear hats!
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Paul Walker dies in a car accident
HOLY SHIT PAUL WALKER JUST DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT! Lost control of his Porsche GT in Santa Clarita (a city just north of L.A.) and slammed into a post or tree. Details are a bit sketchy, but according to TMZ, Paul and a passenger in his car were killed. Holy fucking shit this is sad. He was just 40. More to follow....
UPDATE (7:25PST): Paul's rep just confirmed his death on his Facebook:
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPWMore pics from the accident:
The car before the accident:
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in Beverly Hills earlier this year
Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver late Saturday. He was just 31. Monteith's girlfriend, fellow Glee star Lea Michele, is said to be inconsolable. Police haven't ruled a cause of death, but in April Monteith entered rehab a second time for substance abuse issues, so a tragic skateboarding accident is looking highly unlikely.
UPDATE (7/16): Cory Monteth's cause of death has been determined. According to Canadian authorities, a lethal combination of sunshine and lollipops killed the Glee star --oops, I meant heroin and alcohol. Definitely heroin and alcohol.
*10 Cory Monteith and Lea Michele pictures total in the gallery:
James Gandolfini (1961-2013)
I'm sure you've heard this by now, but James Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Rome earlier this morning. He was just 51. If his death was as cool as his life, he was probably beating the shit out of some guy in an Ed Hardy t-shirt.
*5 James Gandolfini pictures total in the gallery:
Mindy McCready at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in 2010
Country singer Mindy McCready -- who had twelve singles hit the country charts in the late 90s, including #1 hit "Guys Do It All the Time" -- killed herself in the worst way imaginable over the weekend. She shot her dog and then herself. From the Daily Mail:
Tragic country music star Mindy McCready has committed suicide, age 37, on the same front porch where her boyfriend was found dead one month ago. McCready shot the family dog before killing herself at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, on Sunday afternoon.It's pretty weird that Mindy killed herself on the exact same porch that her boyfriend David mysteriously died on just a month ago. I guess you could say that, after a month apart, Mindy's joined him in heaven. Geesh, this bitch takes nagging to a whole new level.
In recent weeks, she had faced a cloud of suspicion after her live-in boyfriend David Wilson died from a gunshot wound on January 13. She told Dateline NBC: "I didn't find the bullet, the dog did. It was in the dog's mouth. I mean, that's a horrific things to say, but it was in the dog's mouth."
Asked by Dateline if she had killed her boyfriend, McCready responded: "Oh my God, no. He was my life, we were each other's life."
*5 Mindy McCready pictures total in the gallery:
Caleb Moore, a freestyle snowmobiler who suffered severe injuries in a crash during the Winter X Games last week in Aspen, died today. He was just 25. But don't be sad, because Lil Wayne is sure Caleb has no regrets. In fact, he would die again if he could. Leave it to Lil Wayne to put everything in perspective.
Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012)
After suffering a heart attack in July, Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) passed away yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He was 54. His publicist said in a statement:
"[Duncan's fiancee Omarosa] Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."Death posts about celebrities you genuinely like are always difficult so, with that in mind, please enjoy this picture of a bear riding a motorcycle. Bears aren't supposed to ride motorcycles! Look at that thing!
*7 Michael Clarke Duncan pictures total in the gallery:
Tony Scott had brain cancer
By now you've probably heard that famed director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game) committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in L.A., which links San Pedro with the appropriately-named Terminal Island. ABC is now saying it's probably because he had inoperable brain cancer:
Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.And somewhere, Michael Bay thinks to himself, "A bridge? What a fag. I would jump off the Burj Khalifa and have all sorts of explosions and shit go off when I hit the ground. Fuck yeah."
Police said they received a 911 call at about 12:30 p.m. that an individual had jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The body was recovered around 3 p.m., when it was identified by authorities as Scott, according to Lt. Joseph Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
The Coroner's Office found several notes to loved ones in Scott's car, a spokesman told The Associated Press. A suicide note was later found at his office, according to the AP.
*5 Tony Scott pictures total in the gallery: